Dean’s Welcome

Welcome to the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business!

Established in 1984, the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business is making a name for itself — literally. Ours became the first named college at Iowa State University after alumnus Jerry Ivy and his wife, Debbie, made their historic gift of $50 million to the college in 2017. As you learn more about us, you will see we are a college on the move.

To best serve our students for their bright futures, we continuously assess and add programs to meet the needs of our students and their future employers. Recent examples include undergraduate majors in entrepreneurship, actuarial science, business analytics, and minors in business analytics and business and technology consulting. We also added a professional sales certificate that is open to all students across campus, regardless of their major. These new programs drive growth in the college.

There are more programs in the works, so I encourage you to stay in touch!

We have also grown physically. Students today are enjoying the 45,000-square-foot expansion to the Gerdin Business Building, which was opened in fall 2020. The four-story addition was designed with students in mind. It includes 40 percent more space, seven team rooms, the Kingland Hub common space, the Houston Professional Sales Suite, 35 faculty office spaces, and five additional classrooms. First classes were held in the expansion starting January 2021.

When you get to know us, you will see we foster an environment for entrepreneurship, innovation, and hands-on learning. It’s part of our culture. We offer several programs to fuel the fire for students interested in these areas, including CyBIZ Lab, CYstarters, and the Startup Factory. We were the first public university in Iowa to offer an undergraduate major and only the eighth in the nation to offer a PhD in entrepreneurship. With these programs, students have a variety of experiential opportunities to choose from.

One thing that has not changed over the years is our attention to our students. Ivy students have a lot of support from faculty and staff, including academic planning with advisors, career and internship planning with professional career coordinators, assistance with presentations and writing from a team of experts in the Communications Center, and opportunities to join a learning community or one of many Ivy student organizations.

I invite you to explore our website and learn more about the reasons why the Ivy College of Business is the best choice to earn a degree in business.

David P. Spalding
Raisbeck Endowed Dean
Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business
Iowa State University

About David Spalding

David P. Spalding is the Raisbeck Endowed Dean of the Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University. He is the fifth dean of the college. He is also in his third year serving as interim vice president for economic development and industry relations for Iowa State University.

Under his leadership, total enrollment at the Ivy College of Business grew 33.8 percent  from fall  2012  to fall 2020.  Spalding has hired 53  tenured,  tenure-eligible faculty.  He has  helped  secure  more than $125 million from donors, including a $50 million commitment from Debbie and Jerry Ivy that named the college in September 2017. He has increased funding for faculty research by  122 percent and increased the number of students having an international  experience by 94 percent since he joined the college in 2013.

Before arriving in Ames in August 2013, Spalding served for eight years at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, most recently as senior vice president and senior advisor to Dartmouth’s president. Prior to Dartmouth, he had a 29-year career in finance in New York City. He began his career in New York with The Chase Manhattan Bank. He also was a vice president with The First National Bank of Chicago and a senior vice president with GE Capital Corporate Finance Group Inc. In addition, he was a managing director at Lehman Brothers in New York. He was most recently vice chairman of The Cypress Group LLC, a firm that he co-founded and co-managed.

Over the years, Spa